Hero honored during Wednesday ceremony

Greenville – Hundreds gathered to pay their respects yesterday as the body of a local soldier was returned home.

Army Spc. Jerod Heath Osborne, of Royse City, was one of two killed this month in Afghanistan when his unit was hit with an improvised bomb.

He was received by a military honor guard at Majors Field Municipal Airport in Greenville, along with a motorcade of more than 100 vehicles including dozens of fire engines and police cruisers from Hunt and Rockwall counties.

Donna Meador, of Greenville, was among the spectators waving an American flag as the motorcade passed.

"I have a son that served three tours in Iraq. I just came out here to pay my respects," said Meador.

Osborne, an Army Medic, was assigned to the 82nd Airborne out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Funeral services are scheduled for tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. at Lake Pointe Church in Rockwall.